#GoodbyeTremont: Legendary Venue Closes Its Doors After 20 Years




By: Amanda Caines
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To anyone involved in Charlotte’s music scene, learning Tremont Music Hall plans to close its doors for good December 19 felt like a swift kick to the gut, with spiked-toed Doc Martens. For over 20 years Tremont provided local musicians with a place to play, underground (and not-so-underground) touring acts a place to perform. Music fans had a place to go out and experience live music close-up and inexpensively. No more. It goes out with a bang December 19, as the staff has cooked up a very exciting close-down throwdown befitting of Charlotte’s moxiest music venue.


In a fate similar to that of The Chop Shop (closing November 15), Tremont’s landlord has sold the building in the name of progre$$. Put your eggs and spray paint away, though, kids — Tremont owner John Hayes says that the building’s owner has been nothing but positive to its 20-year tenant, and there’s no ill will whatsoever. The building housing Tremont will be converted to some other use by its new owner (maybe a warehouse, maybe a sex-dungeon — no one knows for sure yet). The Chop Shop, on the other hand, will be torn down to make way for the light rail. Charlotte loses two of its major homes of local and regional music in one season. Bummer.

No plans to relocate Tremont have been made public. It sounds like this really is “Goodbye.”

 Part of what made Tremont so special over the years, though, was the staff. Owner John Hayes has an obvious commitment to local music, continuously booking and promoting local acts and giving them the same respect as he would national acts. Bands and fans call Tremont “home” because John and the staff make the effort to make us all feel like part of “The Tremont Family,” which the banner that hangs just inside the entrance lets us know we are as we walk in. The Tremont staff would love to hear everyone’s memories of the beloved venue and welcome all to share those memories with Tremont using hashtag #GoodbyeTremont. Here are some of Shutter 16’s memories:

“I fell in love at Tremont; with Tremont, with the crowd and staff and also with the man I am with now 10 years later… I’ve also broken so many lenses, some of my pride, and a lot of noses with elbows at those metal shows. I know, I know things have to come and go but my feeling for this venue will stay true. Hoping it moves somewhere but 10 years ago on a dirty concert floor I kept seeing the same guy over and over. Eventually we started talking on myspace (yeah it still existed then, back when the top 8 was a HUGE deal). 10 years later we still concert hop and when we do Tremont is the go to. I’ve seen some of my friends get engaged on the stage. I’ve watched some of my favorite bands, jumped on stage to sing with some of my favorite bands, and I’ve celebrated countless celebrations. It’s going to shake the scene for a while, and as always the scene will bounce back but not before we give Tremont a grand send-off. Thank you for what you have done for our music family all of these years. You will be sorely missed!” — Dianna Augustine, Shutter16 Owner/Founder

“Tremont Music Hall was one of the first venues that I frequented early in my concert going days. I saw so many great bands there from awesome locals like Tattermask and Camori, to now rock legends Green Day, Social Distortion, and Jerry Cantrell. I kept as many ticket stubs from those days as I was able to and they will always serve to remind me of one of Charlotte’s greatest music venues. A venue that will be dearly missed by many of my generation and the latest.” — Andy Frisk, Shutter16 writer

“I’ve been going there since 1995. I’ve been there for art shows, “raves”, punk, metal, ska, hip hop, you name it.. I’m not bummed that it’s closing. I’m stoked I’ve been fortunate enough to experience it on so many different levels.” — Brian BT Twitty, Shutter16 photographer

  “In 1999, I got turned down over the phone for a press pass to the Rolling Stones show in Charlotte that night, and ten minutes later, got a phone call offering a press pass to the Elliott Smith show that same night at Tremont Music Hall. Elliott came onstage wearing a vintage Rolling Stones t-shirt. I still haven’t seen the Stones, but I think I ended up where I was supposed to be that night. Smith_Elliott_dcoston_edit Elliott was really good that night. The crowd was so quiet and reverent, Elliott got spooked and thought that they weren’t into the show. So he just said, “Goodnight”, and that was it! He came out to sign autographs after the show. I talked to him for a few minutes. He was very nice, and didn’t talk much beyond a whisper. I still have the album he signed, “To Daniel, XO Elliott Smith.” A few years ago, I decided to scan my photos from that night. I finished about half-a-roll (I shot four rolls of film, that night), started looking at the photos, and just…. stopped. A flood of emotions really hit me. Hard. It took me a few more years to finally those photos.” — Daniel Coston, Photojournalist “My first ever concert was there, Good Charlotte. I wasn’t even into the bands playing, but the whole family went out, enjoyed a cool place that probably ignited in me the music and style choices I still make today.” — Molly Shores, Shutter16 EIC “My favorite memory of Tremont is discovering Something Clever and getting the chance to hang out with them after the show. That show was so much fun and I connected with them immediately.”  — Leslie Hadaway, Shutter16 writer “Growing up, my first club shows were all at the old Ziggy’s in Winston Salem since I lived closer. It was not till college that I finally made it out to Tremont Music Hall for the first time. The concert was God Lives Underwater (Harvey Danger opened because the 90’s were weird like that) and it was a not-miss show for my friends and I as they were right near the top as one of my favorite bands and still are to this day.” — Josh Gooch, Shutter16 photographer “Damn, Tremont and The Chop Shop. I might as well hang the camera up.” — Kevin McGee, Shutter16 photographer

“When I read those stories today and people talking about feeling at home, I think that we did our job.” — John Hayes, Tremont Music Hall owner

To join us down memory-lane, check out one gallery here. IF you have time to dive deeper, we have an additional gallery here, with over 2,400 images worth one-thousand words each. Here are a few:

Swans_Lisa_dcoston1//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsSwans with Lisa Barr by Daniel CostonSammies_Jan413_dcoston1//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsThe Sammies by Daniel CostonDown_dcoston2//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsPhil Anselmo of Down by Daniel CostonWhiteOctave_2000_dcoston1//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWhite Octave by Daniel Coston Anthrax//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Anthrax by Jordan Fogal The O- Getters//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsThe O’Getters by Josh Gooch Marco  Benevento//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsMarco Benevento by Josh Gooch Hank III - Tremont Music Hall//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsHank III by Liza Cox HRVRD  2//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsHRVRD by Cynthia Haithcock Fans_//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsChris Peigler Memorial Show by Lane LovegroveDown//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsPhil Anselmo of Down by Dianna AugustineBeyond  The Fade - 06//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsBeyond The Fade by Kevin McGeeTattermask -  01//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Tattermask by Kevin McGeeFlyleaf -  07//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
Flyleaf by Kevin McGee


Machovy by Dianna Augustine

Watch Husky  Burn

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWatch Husky Burn by Matt Pock


Anitseen by Daniel Coston


//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsPeeLander Z by Kim Casanova

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Hed Pe by Dianna Augsutine

btbam in the crowd at a show

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsBTBAM attending a random show by Dianna Augustine

 Art show randoms (Tremont)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Emotron by Dianna Augustine

Art show randoms (Tremont)

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsRandoms by Dianna Augustine

clifton and The Situationals

Clifton and The Situationals by Dianna Augustine

Dillinger Escape Plan

Dillinger Escape Plan by Dianna Augustine


Again please join us down memory-lane, check out one gallery here. IF you have time to dive deeper, we have an additional gallery here, with over 2,400 images worth one-thousand words each.



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